I recently found this group on Facebook and am delighted and humbled by the work they do toward educating the public of the plight of the wolf, their importance to our eco system, and how we can participate in saving these beautiful endangered animals.
I was introduced to the IWC about 20 years ago and I immediately feel in love with the wolves and beautiful center. Since then, I've become a volunteer and have met all the loving people who help run/work the center. It was a great pleasure to have met the curator Lori Schmidt, and got to hear some of her great stories. The directors and board members I have met have so much passion, and have spent so much of their time with the wolves and hard work on creating a beautiful educational facility. It's a very peaceful place for all to see, no matter what age.
I have been a member since the 90's and have not only watched the center grow but it did so while staying true to its mission which is to educate. In a time when we are bombarded by information from many channels, it's important to know what is fact versus fiction.
As a member, I have watched wolves on webcams daily, attended informative webinars, received a quarterly magazine full of information and pictures, got discounts on great wolf themed items, visited the Center several times, participated in a howl and tried my hand at telemetry, attended a wolf symposium run by the Center, and met some great folks who are dedicated and enthusiastic about sharing their passion. I cannot begin to quantify all that I have experienced and gained from my membership over the years!
Wolf lover or not, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the natural world around you. The International Wolf Center can help you do that! Below is a pic of me (Left) at the center last October with Wolf Curator Lori Schmidt. And a pic of Greyson and Axel from a visit in May 2019.
Amazing place! Very informative and great for all ages to learn about wolves! Staff is very friendly and helpful!
The International Wolf Center has been a great place to visit for my whole family. My picture shows the very first Ambassador wolf pups to arrive in Ely. The educational experience and staff at the center have truly enhanced my understanding of wolves and their importance and impact in a healthy ecosystem.
I have been a 5th grade teacher in IN for over 20 years. I became a fan of wolves as as teenager, so obviously I have followed the International Wolf Center since its inception. As a member of the general public and as a teacher, I love everything they do to educate the public and support wolves worldwide.
I have used their resources since day one of my teaching career, but my relationship with them became more intimate during and since I had the privilege of attending an educational Wolf Weekend at IWC. Now I still use the free resources they provided then, but they also provide my students with fun and educational items free of charge. These items inspire my students each year and are such a blessing to the education of these young minds!
The best learning experience about Wolves and their relationships within the pack and in the ecosystem. Up close viewing of these misrepresented apex predators gives a balanced view of the dynamics of a pack. The new exhibit inside the center provides a learning experience for all ages while showing a diverse picture of the family nature of Wolves. A must for Wolf lovers and those who still hold outdated negative images of Wolves.
I have been journeying to the wolf center since 2014 for volunteering on the working for wolves crew, pupcare in 2016, and many of the educational adventure programs. Every time it is a wonderful experience watching the wolves and speaking with staff. Everyone is dedicated to the mission of the center but foremost to the best care of the wolves. The dedication to the wellbeing of the pack is outstanding. This is a must visit for learning about the importance of wolves to the ecosystem. Ely and surrounding area have many opportunities to be in nature. Their are also interesting shops and small museums to visit. If you can't get to the center, watch the pack on their webcams!
I live in MN and have visited the International Wolf Center a few times and each time I am amazed at everything they have to offer for all ages. I learn something new or see something new that I may have missed before. It is just a wonderful place to visit at any time during the year.
The International Wolf Center provides learning experiences that help both children and adults understand the role the wolf plays in the environment. Personally I had the opportunity to learn first-hand about wolf behavior by taking care of pups.
My story with the International Wolf Center started in October 2018. For my oldest daughter's tenth birthday my husband and I let her choose a wolf to adopt. She chose Axel! Part of that gift was a trip to go visit Axel and the other wolves in the spring. We recently made that trip with my family of four, my mother in law, my two sisters, and two nieces! We had an absolute blast! The staff were so knowledgeable and eager to answer questions professionally and honestly. There was something for everyone to enjoy between the exhibit, theater, little wolf hands on play/learning center, presentation's by staff, and of course just sitting and enjoy watching the wolves up close and personal! One of my favorite moments was when we returned Saturday evening for the "What's for Dinner" class. We were one of the first people in, and as we were walking towards the wolf veiwing area, Axel was there waiting. My daughter started skipping to the auditorium and Axel trotted along beside her. It was so sweet to see her light up! We enjoyed learning so much about wolves, all nine of us! We can't wait to go back! This all started with one little girls passion and love for wolves that has now sparked interest in our whole family! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!
A wonderful place to visit with family or friends to observe and learn about wolves. The staff is knowledgeable and focused on providing excellent care of the wolves in their facility. Highly recommend a visit to Ely or join the excellent webinar series online to see and learn about the wolves. IWC does excellent work educating the world about wolves without bias.
I have been a visitor to the IWC in Ely at least twice a year for the last 13 years. The facility is beautiful and their programs are all really well run and interesting. I admire their stand on education without undo persuasion. I highly recommend that anyone interested in learning more about wolves visit the website to learn more. Go to Ely if you can, it is a great place!
The International Wolf Center is one of the most impressive non- profit organizations because they don't push particular views on you. They give you all the information about wolves, the science of them, both sides of the political and social views of wolves and let you make your own opinions about wolves and everything relating to them. They are 100% about integrity and non-biased. They also feature so many events that are informative and entertaining for everyone visiting and while visiting, even the people who already love wolves learn new things every visit. I am one of those people who have volunteers for the International Wolf Center and I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful organization.
Is an amazing place. A lot of information and great viewing of the wolves. The volunteers are great, very knowledgeable and ready to help. On our visit the wolves weren't moving much so we went to the gift area. One of the volunteers came and got us when some of the wolves made it down closer to window. Greatly appreciated the extra attention!
If you want to see kids being inspired to learn, sit back and observe the kiddos engaging in learning and watching wolf behavior at the International Wolf Center. While the wolves are amazing, watching the kiddos completely enthralled takes your breath away.
I visited the International Wolf Center with my 7 and 5 year old children for the first time and I cannot wait to return! The volunteers were amazing and answered the many many questions my children had. To this day, my children call our family a wolf pack. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and keeping us connected through the videos you post!
My boyfriend and I went up for a romantic weekend and ended up going there two days in a row! We got to learn all about the history of the wolves and see them in action! We’ve decided to come up for more date weekends.
Been there multiple times I still love going there. Very friendly staff who are very willing to educate. Brought my niece and nephew they absolutely loved seeing the live wolves and they could not get enough of the kids Center.
I've been coming to the International Wolf Center for 20 years, been a member almost as long and I love this place. It has fantastic room for kids to learn and explore, great educational programs for all ages and of course you actually see wolves. This place holds a very special place in my heart from my childhood and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I first visited the International Wolf Center a few years after it was founded. That would've been when I was 12 or 13. I absolutely loved the place and have gone back many times since then. The education and information provided is second-to-none. I also adore all the wolves, both past and present. I'm a renewing member, and also try to visit at least once per year. I highly recommend this great place to anyone.
The International Wolf Center completely changed my professional and personal life. I always liked wolves and since my childhood I wanted to see and study them, but, I lived in Brazil and well... you get the picture. Curator Lori Schmidt and the International Wolf Center not only opened the door for me as a researcher with their classes and contacts, but it was there that I saw a wolf for the first time - so they also realized a childs dream.
Untill today, almost ten year later, I still remember when Aidan approached the window and look at me, and this is, by far, one of my most dear memories. So, the International Wolf Center not only help researchers and educate people about how wolves really are, but they make dreams come true... all around the world.